The Gluten-Free Travel "Gold Standard" -- Disney World, Orlando
May 09, 2012
BLOG HOP, DAY 3: Yesterday, I recommended some top cities in the U.S. for gluten free travel. I touched on the Orlando area of Florida, noting how "gluten free friendly" Disney World and its parks, hotels, and resorts are. (To read peer reviews of Disney's restaurants from a GF perspective, enter Lake Beuna Vista into the search box on our Search/Mapping page of GlutenFreeTravelSite). In fact, whether you are a fan of "the mouse" or not, it's hard to argue with the fact that Disney World has become somewhat of the “gold standard” for “gluten-free friendly” travel destinations. They were early to embrace special dietary needs of all sorts, likely due to the rising prevalence of Celiac Disease, dietary intolerances, and allegies -- especially in children. They know that family travelers are their bread and butter, and no family destination wants kids to feel left out for any reason. So instead, they make kids (and adults) with special dietary needs feel like rock stars.
Their attention to detail and desire to accommodate all diners has earned them an especially devoted following in the gluten-free community. When you dine at a sit-down restaurant at any of Disney World’s hotels, resorts, or parks, a chef personally visits your table to discuss your dining options. Even “quick service” restaurants make sure a manager is available — and well-trained to know what is safe to order if you’re following a GF or other special diet. I wrote a detailed article about our family’s magical experience at Disney World a couple years ago.
One important note: You can expect similar high-touch service at Disneyland, but NOT Disneyland PARIS. Our family visited Disneyland PARIS a year ago, and it could not have been less accommodating. Their lack of gluten free knowledge — and the almost non-existent GF options at their restaurants — reminded us of the level of GF knowledge in the U.S. about 7-8 years ago. You can read my Blog post about our experience.
So stay stateside if a trip to Disney is on your radar, and get ready to feel like a true gluten-free prince or princess!
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Would you like to get more great gluten-free tips on baking, dining out, and kitchen tips? Check out today's posts from other Blog Hop participants:
Getting Started - Linda at The Gluten-Free Homemaker
Resources – Wendy at Celiacs in the House
Eating Out – Heather at Gluten-Free Cat
Frugal Tips – Janelle at Gluten Freely Frugal
Cooking – Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl
Baking – Jules at Jules Gluten Free
Kids – Lynn at Lynn’s Recipe Adventures
Lunch Boxes – Tessa at Tessa the Domestic Diva
Shopping – Laura at Gluten Free Pantry